M&G Classical Concerts - The Northern Chamber Orchestra
Mendelssohn String Symphony No 1
Bruch Violin Concerto – Jennifer Pike (violin)
David Ellis September Threnody
Haydn Symphony No. 83
Artistic Director: Nicholas Ward
Violin: Jennifer Pike
The Northern Chamber Orchestra (NCO) is one of the country’s top, professional chamber orchestras and was formed in the 1960s. It has gained a formidable reputation from its engaging and exciting concerts. The NCO delivers an extensive learning and development programme with schools, colleges and music groups, with workshops given in many of the Orchestra’s concert locations. The Orchestra’s ethos is to provide young people and adults with opportunities to engage with enjoyable and inspiring projects which are tailor-made to meet specific needs. As ‘Orchestra in Residence’ of Manchester Metropolitan University, the NCO is involved in a scheme of workshops with the MMU Institute of Education trainee teachers and their schools.
On the recording front... the NCO’s CD of Malcolm Arnold’s Cello Concerto with Raphael Wallfisch was released in September 2011 and has received excellent reviews. “Raphael Wallfisch and the NCO relish its expressive and enlivening potential” Daily Telegraph. With over thirty CDs to its name, the majority being for Naxos, the NCO is now known in every continent. The recording of Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale was considered by BBC Radio 3’s CD Review programme to be the best English version and the recording for Naxos, Boccherini Cello Concertos nos. 9 -12 with Raphael Wallfisch, has also received critical acclaim. In April 2013, the NCO recorded some music by Geoffrey Bush. This CD for Lyrita will include the first-ever recording of Geoffrey Bush’s Sinfonietta Concertante for Cello, with internationally-renowned cellist, Raphael Wallfisch.